7 Benefits of Meditation for Your Mind, Body and Spirit

By Gia George

There are numerous ways that meditation benefits your mind, body, and spirit (and I’ll list 6 of them below), but there’s also one really surprising effect of meditation that will change your life. (We’ll get to that later!)

Meditation seems like a pretty simple practice (it’s kind of like doing nothing). But its benefits are so broad and impressive that I’d venture to say meditation will change your whole life.

This ancient practice benefits you physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically, and spiritually, and all of those layers blend and harmonize to create the wonderful being that you are. Meditation works on the whole person. Some would even say that meditation is the cure-all for most ailments.

Meditation helps you get in touch with yourself on a deep level so that you can detect imbalances in your well-being right away. This is wonderful for disease prevention and health maintenance.

So let’s talk about specifics: how exactly does meditation change your life?

1. Meditation soothes your nervous system

meditation heart benefitsBy activating the parasympathetic nervous system (a.k.a. the rest & digest response), meditation calms the body and soothes the nerves (1). This has amazing benefits for the physical body, including- lowered heart rate, reduced blood pressure, decreased stress hormones (like adrenaline and cortisol), decreased respiratory rate, improved digestion, boosted immunity, and increased lifespan.  The parasympathetic nervous system basically helps your body and all its organs function at their best, keeping you healthy and energized.

When your nervous system is overactive and burnt out, you can’t eat, sleep, relax, think clearly, and you tend to get sick easily. So yeah… a calm nervous system is a GREAT benefit of meditation.

 

2. Meditation helps you lose weight

meditation weight lossMeditation gets your mind and body deeply connected so they can communicate effectively. In essence, your mind becomes more in tune with your body and its needs. One of the biggest causes for weight gain is mindless eating (2). Through meditation, you can practice mindFUL eating where you really learn to honor body’s appetite and prevent yourself from over-eating. The more in touch your mind becomes with your body, the easier it is to stay healthy, eat right, and maintain or lose weight.

 

3. Meditation helps you sleep

meditation for sleepAs mentioned in #1, meditation really calms down the nervous system so your body can relax and fall asleep at night. In addition to relaxing your body for sleep, meditation also helps you deal with your racing mind that keeps you up at night with worries and thoughts. Meditation helps you train your mind to let thoughts go and find more tranquility and equanimity. That way, you can get a good night’s sleep.

 

4.  Meditation makes you a happier, more peaceful person

meditation buddhaThere’s a reason why Buddha statues and figurines are always laughing or smiling: meditation makes you happy!  By helping you process your thoughts, meditation gives you tools to release stress and negativity. Meditation really brings things into perspective by giving you time and space to look at the bigger picture and let stuff go. When you know how to pull back from your stressful life, clear your mind, and calm your emotions, you are a happier and more peaceful person. (3)

 

5. Meditation makes you more productive

be more productiveIf you’re somebody who struggles with ADD and can never sit still, meditation is the most effective natural remedy to get you focused and productive. (4) Meditation helps you stay in the present moment so that you can ignore distractions. This leads to greater productivity, focus, awareness, clarity, and better decision making.

There’s a famous quote about meditation that says:

“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day — unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.”

What this tells you is that there’s plenty of time to accomplish tasks when you’re able to slow down and stay present. Meditation helps us achieve this super-focused, productive state of mind where time seems to slow down.

 

6. Meditation makes you more inspired + creative!

meditation fuels creativityThis is where some of the more spiritual benefits of meditation come into play. There’s always a well of wisdom, guidance, and inspiration within us, but we’re usually too distracted with thoughts and worries to notice it. By calming and clearing the mind, meditation taps us into a deeper sense of well-being, hope, love, and inspiration that is innate in all of us.

Meditation also helps us clear out our mental chatter so we can be spontaneous and creative in the moment. A lot of times when you’re mentally searching for a solution, you get stuck and can’t seem to find it. But when you relax and let it go, the answer will often effortlessly flow to you. Meditation gives us this relaxed and open state where we can be more creative and open to exciting possibilities.

 

And finally… there’s one really surprising benefit of meditation that you may not be aware of…

7. Meditation shows you:  YOU ARE NOT YOUR MIND

self awareMind blown?? Good. It’s real. The mind is something other than what you truly are.

We tend to identify with all the voices in our heads and assume that those voices are who we are. For example, if you’re having thoughts about wanting to scream at someone and punch them in the face, you probably think you’re a pretty angry, aggressive, and overall bad person. But that’s not the truth!

You are actually a soul having a human experience, full of thoughts, feelings, and experiences. These human experiences are separate from our innate goodness, peace, and stillness within.

Meditation teaches us to watch our lives like a movie unfolding around us in which we play the main character. This detachment from our experiences helps bring us greater peace and equanimity, knowing that we don’t have to take everything that goes on in our heads so seriously or so personally. It’s just a movie and you’re playing the role of a human. Do your best, but remember that your true essence is something much deeper, greater, and more vast.

Let Us Be Your Guide!

We realized that many people know meditation and mindfulness are great, but does that actually help them get their practice started? No. So we created the 30 Days of Mindfulness Challenge! It gives you the tools to dip your toes into the waters of meditation and see how it can transform you over the course of 30 days. It’s great for a meditation beginner or even a seasoned meditation pro. Try it out. You’ll thank us later ?

30 Days of Mindfulness Challenge

 

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Gia George is a yoga & meditation teacher, singer-songwriter, sound healer, and spiritual creator. She loves teaching about the chakras and energy healing while empowering others to find their own soul power and inner magic. She creates inspirational videos on her Youtube channel, teaches live workshops, writes and records guided meditations, and creates healing music to compliment her creations. Her highest honor would be to empower others to follow the divine light of their own wise souls.
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Monica
Monica

For long time I try to meditate, I feel this is the one and this is the moment! Namaste!!

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Lisa Lombardi
Positive things that will enable you to continue practicing yoga. You will be able to be in a place where you appreciate life rather than complain. Below are some of the benefits outlined.
http://www.healthsguardian.com/yoga-can-change-lifestyle/

Sabrina Paige
Sabrina Paige

I really need help with this because of what’s going on right now in my life I been stressed alot lately.Thank U

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indianyogalover

Great Post! I recently visited Ayuryoga Eco-Ashram (https://www.ayuryoga-ashram.com/) for Meditation and Yoga. It was a life-changing experience.

Brenda Bradford
Brenda Bradford

I stand up and applaud! Mindfulness and meditation works whether you are a Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, or any other type of religion/non-religion. As a Christian, I benefit from Buddhist teachings, too. I may reshape some of the words and practices a little to conform to my own beliefs, but mindfulness has really turned my life around so that I am a healthier, happier, and fruitful as I work with other living beings practicing radical self-care and other-being care.

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Toni
Toni

Hey Gia, I have been trying to properly meditate for years, but I feel like I am doing it wrong. (Hear me out!) I have a sleeping disorder (idiopathic hypersomnia) and PTSD. I always explain my disorder by saying, “You know that groggy feeling when you first wake up? That drunk sleepy state? This is called sleep inertia, and I basically always in a state of ‘asleep’. ” This disorder can cause “wakeful dreams” where I am in a dream state while completely awake. So, how I feel that I am meditating “wrong” is that meditation causes me to fall asleep. If I meditate at night to bring my anxiety down, there is no waking me. (I did once meditate myself into a sleep that lasted 32 hours until a concerned friend came to my house and had to forcibly wake me.) I feel much more relaxed after my meditation “trance” sleep, but I don’t know how to go so far in that I pass out. And this pass out can happen within a matter of a minute or so. Is there anything that you can think that I can do to help? I am a novice when it comes… Read more »

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